How to be present in the great outdoors

Put down your phone.

Step outside.

Look up at the sky. Notice the colors. Notice the clouds, or lack thereof.

Feel the air with your skin.

Is there a breeze? Is it cold, or warm or wet?

Observe the light.

Is it bold and bright? Are you squinting? Or is it soft and gentle like a watercolor painting?

Listen. Listen past the sounds of people or traffic or machinery. Listen for the wind in the trees or the leaves scuttling on the pavement. Hear the sounds of the birds.

Don’t think, “I should get a picture of this and share it on Instagram.”

I mean, it’s ok if you think that, but don’t give into the temptation -or, if you do, just snap a quick picture and post it later. Enjoy the moment yourself, and with whoever you’re with right now.

Just be.

Observe. Sense. Feel. Breathe.

Enjoy.

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